Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. His books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” Information on the documentary based on the book is at www.WarMadeEasyTheMovie.org.
In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war.
In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press.
And in Washington, the Obama administration continues to escalate its attacks on whistleblowers, journalism and civil liberties.
As a nation at peace becomes a fading memory, so does privacy. Commitments to idealism -- seeking real alternatives to war and upholding democratic values -- are under constant assault from the peaks of power. Read more »
With a link to the video of Keith Olberaman's scathing commentary on Current TV on Bloomberg's raid on Occupy New York
I have been watching Keith Olberman for years, as a tv sports reporter, the MSNBC star who opened up broadcast journalism to a bit of liberal advocacy, and now to his excellent television show at Current TV (channel 107 in San Francisco) carrying on the Olberman tradition. On Tuesday night (12/27/11), he rousted New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from his office with a scathing indictment of his use of pepper-spraying, truncheon-swinging police against unarmed Occupy protesters in a cowardly early morning raid in lower Manhattan.
It was one of his best commentaries, the sort of thing Edward R. Murrow would have enjoyed. Since the media either dismissed or misreported this important raid and the important next day legal jockeying between the mayor and the protesters/ National Lawyers Guild over a temporary restraining order, Olberman's commentary was all the more valuable.
Listen to Olberman's complete commentary with this link. And tune in Olberman regularly to get the best continuing Occupy coverage and some of the best invective on television.